Obesity and Inflammation

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Gut health | 0 comments


Obesity in teenagers has more than quadrupled since 1971.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has identified 26 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiota that appear to be linked to obesity, inflammation, and related metabolic complications such as insulin resistance, high blood sugar levels, hypertension and high cholesterol. The researchers’ sample included 310 members of the Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, because their diet and lifestyles are very similar to one another.

It is very easy to increase the colonies of healthy gut flora by taking supplements containing live cultures. An Irish scientist published research in the journal Microbiology, associating low levels of healthy gut bacteria with obesity and colon cancer. A University of Michigan study published in Gastroenterology showed that the effect of inflammation on the gut could be protected with probiotics, which reversed the presence of an inflammatory component. Stress inhibits the presence of these anti-inflammatories, but can be mitigated with the use of probiotics.

I myself am all too familiar with this inflammatory concept. While in medical school in the 90’s, we were taught what at the time was believed to be good nutrition that would lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease. That was the cardiac, low fat diet which most people have followed since the 80’s. That diet conditioned us to eat a tremendous amount of carbs. We were taught that fat was bad, and carbs were okay. As a young medical student I had all but eliminated fat from my diet in an attempt to be healthy. The problem was that I created an inflammatory environment that led to arthritis, PMS, thyroid disease, abnormal menstrual cycles, and declined cognitive abilities. All of this because I had eliminated all fat, including essential fats from my diet. Essential fats, often called Omega 3’s, are supplements that everyone should be taking. They help with carbohydrate metabolism, the reduction of cholesterol/triglycerides, they are what the body uses to do repair work at the cellular level within the gut, the brain, the connective tissues and the list goes on.

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